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Southern Cross University (SCU)

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Bachelor of Laws - Graduate entry

  • Bachelor

Imagine defending a client or presenting the prosecution case in court, challenging a ruling in a sport tribunal or building a case to protect the environment. You might seek justice for those who have been denied it or rise to the heights of corporate or industrial law.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Course Code
3706100, 016164D, 016164D
Study Mode
In person, Online
International Fees
$26,800 per year / $80,400 total

About this course

Imagine defending a client or presenting the prosecution case in court, challenging a ruling in a sport tribunal or building a case to protect the environment. You might seek justice for those who have been denied it or rise to the heights of corporate or industrial law. Our graduate entry law degree enables you to get there and become a lawyer in just three years.

In addition to the core units you'll need for professional accreditation, you can shape your studies by choosing from a wide range of elective units with a focus on justice and critique.

You may also complete electives at an academically rigorous and rewarding summer law school in Byron Bay and the Gold Coast and undertake work placements and law mooting as part of your studies.

This degree will arm you with the skills, philosophy and commitment required to launch your professional legal career. It fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession. Professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to practise as a lawyer.

Entry requirements

Applicants for admission to candidature shall have qualified for any Bachelor degree approved by the School Board, School of Law and Justice, and have a level of achievement acceptable to the School Board.

Study locations

Gold Coast

Lismore

Online

What you will learn

In addition to the core units, which comply with professional accreditation requirements, the course includes unique core units such as the philosophy of law and environmental law that reflect the School of Law and Justice's focus on justice and critique.

Students may choose elective units to suit their interests and professional aspirations including areas as diverse as human rights, race and the law, animal law, climate law and policy, psychiatry, psychology and the law and ecological jurisprudence.

Honours is embedded in the Bachelor of Laws degree and requires the completion of two specific units in addition to a high academic achievement overall. See the course structure for details.

Career pathways

This course will equip graduates with the skills to start a legal career and practise as a lawyer, and for a wide range of careers in corporate management, legal aid and in the community sector or the private sector.

During their careers, graduates may choose to specialise in fields such as family law, wills and estate planning, criminal law, corporate law, property and conveyancing law, town planning and environmental law, employment and industrial relations, commercial law, compensation law, entertainment law and sporting law.

Course structure

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Laws - Graduate Entry, students must complete 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

  • 17 core units (204 credit points); and
  • 7 Law electives (84 credit points).

Bachelor of Laws with Honours

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Laws with Honours, students must:

  • fulfil the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws; and
  • complete the units LAW10181 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method and LAW00524 - Independent Legal Research; and
  • achieve a satisfactory standard of academic performance in law units as determined by the School Board, School of Law and Justice.

Class of Honours

The Bachelor of Laws with Honours may be awarded in the following classes:

  • First Class Honours;
  • Second Class Honours (Division I); or
  • Second Class Honours (Division II).